How patients would redesign the psychiatric ward
[James] Leadbitter called it “a playful and exciting space for redesigning madness, a utopian attempt at what a mental health hospital could be like.”
Each structure...is an abstract interpretation of the feedback from the workshops, designed to offer varying levels “of privacy and intimacy ranging from total isolation to complete togetherness.”
“This is only a small glimpse of a project that has huge potential to influence the way we think about the design of mental health care environments,”
More than 300 patients, architects, and psychiatrists pitched their ideas on how they would redesign the psychiatric ward for “Madlove: A Designer Asylum”, a collaborative project conceived by artist and activist James Leadbitter, who has suffered from mental illness and has stayed at several... View full entry
To better predict sea level rise, scientists resort to crowdsourcing and ask drone owners to help create data
Using drones for aerial photography has been a source of controversy for several years now. But amid increasing concerns over privacy and safety, some conservation scientists are hoping drone owners will help them to document sea level rise.
With an expected increase in storm activity in the Pacific Ocean this winter, scientists believe they are getting a glimpse of the impacts of climate change on coastlines.
To see an interactive example of a DroneDeploy-stitched high-resolution map, click here.Related stories in the Archinect news:The Ehang passenger drone might be another way people will get around town somedayLicense and registration, please: new FAA regulations mandate drone... View full entry
Educational space for flourishing community garden, Huerta Del Valle, Ontario, California
When three architecture students from Cal Poly Pomona, Kirill Volchinskiy, Hana Lemseffer and Necils Lopez invest their skills and resources with the community, the possibilities are endless.We are a team of 3 architecture students who have worked for a year to make this project a reality and... View full entry
Architecture for Humanity begins crowdsourced rebranding campaign
Nine months after abruptly shutting down and filing for bankruptcy, Architecture for Humanity has begun a campaign in efforts to rebrand itself as a "collectively defined, collaboratively run, and inclusive" non-profit. Launched Tuesday, the AFH Chapter Network is gathering opinions and ideas... View full entry
Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for July + August 2015
Time for the next Kickstart this! list. Check out what sorts of crowdfunding projects made it onto the July and August round-up for Archinect's curated Kickstarter page.BIG's STEAM RING GENERATOR FOR WORLD'S CLEANEST POWER PLANTBjarke Ingels and Jakob Lange set up a Kickstarter to build the final... View full entry
300-mile wall "proposed" for the Bay Area to exile Burning Man festivalgoers, forever
Comedy troupe Cultivated Wit takes a humorous jab at megaprojects, outlandish crowdsourcing, and how much San Franciscans loathe Burning Man in a cheeky mock campaign that would support the construction of a 300-mile wall around the Bay Area to keep Burners out, forever. And all at a reasonable... View full entry
Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for June 2015
Another month has flown by, so that means it's time for the latest Kickstart This! list. Check out what sorts of crowdfunding projects made it onto the June 2015 round-up for Archinect's curated Kickstarter page.Build a BEACH in D.C.The National Building Museum teamed up with Brooklyn-based... View full entry
Make Music NY crowdfunds upcoming youth archi-music show "Concerto for Buildings"
The architecturally and musically inclined can join in on Make Music New York festivities this year with a special orchestral performance called "Concerto for Buildings" on Sunday, June 21. Make Music New York is a one-day music fest on the first day of summer that boasts more than 1,000 free... View full entry
Italian architecture establishment tries to snuff out crowdsourcing architectural design site, CoContest
CoContest allows customers wanting to refurbish an existing space to put their project out to architects and designers, who in turn submit their design proposals [...]
Nine lawmakers – eight of them architects – have issued a parliamentary proposal urging the Economic Development and Justice Ministries to crack down on the crowdsourcing website, which they said was carrying out an illegal intermediation activity and denigrating professional architects in its publicity
Any business that's praised for being "disruptive" is bound to cause controversy – or else that establishment probably wasn't worth disrupting. CoContest, an Italian startup that aims to connect homeowners to a competitively-priced international roster of architects and designers, has received... View full entry
Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for March 2015
Time for the latest Kickstarter picks for Archinect's curated Kickstarter page. Check out what sorts of crowdfunding projects made it onto this month's list...Organic Growth. Summer Pavilion on Governors Island 2015Izaskun Chinchilla Architects was chosen as one of the winners in the 2015 ‘City... View full entry
Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for September + October 2014
We have our latest selection of crowdfunding campaigns from Kickstarter that piqued our interest. In our September and October 2014 picks for Archinect's curated Kickstarter page, you'll find floating objects, more 3D-printing gadgets, sea-plastic furniture, and some stylish everyday... View full entry
Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for July 2014
Time for this month's Kickstarter picks! Potato salad-making aside, check out our latest selection of crowdsourced fundraisers right below for Archinect's curated Kickstarter page that are surely worth a look.ClassAct: Active SchoolactLAB NYC's ClassAct: Active School is on a mission to rebuild... View full entry
Will “Blexting” Help With Detroit Blight?
A Motor City Mapping app will make it possible for users to snap photos of properties and text them to the public database. (They are trying to brand a new word to describe this process — the awful-sounding “blexting.”) These will be quality-checked before going onto the database, and the hope is that users will participate in training sessions before pointing, clicking and sending. Several “blexting bootcamps,” will be held in coming weeks.
Previously: Despite Successes, Blight Still Threatens Detroit’s Future View full entry
An App to Crowd-Source Urban Disruptions
Maa2too3a, or ‘Happin’ in English, is a free app that uses news and crowd-sourced information to geo-tag disruptive events in the city as they occur, allowing users to mitigate risks or simply save time by avoiding them. Launched in May 2013, the app now has over 100,000 users, according to the developer, Mohammed Taha. “It’s a tool to keep people safe,” he says. And on calmer days, it can be used to simply avoid traffic jams or other routine problems.
Google Street View gets (even more) personal
Google's Street View is slowly covering more and more of the world's surface, but it still has holes. Now though, you can help fill them—and all you need is an Android phone or DSLR.
Google has just launched a new Street View feature which allows any user to recreate the usual Street View experience by stringing together photo spheres along paths which they define.